As much as we wish it didn’t, camping can mean sharing space with mosquitoes and some people seem to be tastier than others. Fortunately, there are plenty of products to repel them and some tactics to take around your campsite to keep them away.
You can go with a popular form of insect repellant, such as OFF! , or you may be cautious of them and instead are seeking a more natural alternative. We have even heard of people dabbing Vicks Vapo Rub on their collar, sleeves, and pants cuffs to keep the little stingers away. They say it works, though we haven’t tried it.
Avon’s Skin-So-Soft has long had a reputation for keeping the mosquitoes away. It has a nice smell and won’t irritate your skin. There is also a product called Beat It! that claims to last up to 8 hours and is advertised as being effective against mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, black flies, no-see-ums, and a host of other biting pests.
These days, you can also find wearables such as mosquito repellent bracelets , especially for kids. They do not contain Deet and come with a 100% guarantee and 30 day refund if you are not satisfied. You can wear them for two or three days before changing them or store them back in their resealable pouch when not in use.
There are some good old fashioned formulas that people swear by as well. We’ve seen spray bottles of water and peppermint oil, straight white vinegar, or Listerine. Some people tuck Bounce dryer sheets in their collar, cuffs, and socks. We’ve even heard that eating a clove of garlic a day will keep the mosquitoes away.
One thing is certain, however, mosquitoes love standing water so check your campsite regularly for water that is lying in small puddles and keep things dry. You can also try not getting too warm. When you get hot you exhale more carbon dioxide which attracts mosquitoes. So wearing light colored clothing will also keep you cool and keep the little buggers away.
You can also burn citronella candles around your campsite. Many people believe it helps. We hope you get through your whole camping trip without the mosquitoes even knowing you were here.